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Who Said Money Equals Power?

Money does not give you power. Power comes from the choices you make. That’s a very important distinction. Not all high earners are powerful women.

Successful women fall into two groups. The Successful High Earners and the Hard-driven High Earners.

Hard Driven High Earners are superwomen on steroids, classic workaholics, wholl breakdown before they slow down. They are not powerful women. They live in deprivation…not necessarily of money, but time, joy, freedom, and control of their life.

Successful High Earners, on the other hand, actually take time for relaxation and self-reflection. Their decisions are based, not on fear, but on their most cherished values.

One Successful High Earner I interviewed told me about a workshop where she was asked this question: If you were on your deathbed, looking back at your life, what would make you feel happiest and satisfied with how you lived?  From that came a list of her top 5 values.

Soon after, a friend asked her to be on the board of a business he was starting in China. The meetings would be all expense paid weekends in San Francisco. There was a time she would’ve jumped at the chance but, she realized, Chinese business wasn’t one of her priorities.

“It would’ve been fun,” she told me. “I would’ve met interesting people, but it would’ve taken me away from my partner and the book I was writing, the truly important things in my life.

Have you looked at your top values lately? Are you living your priorities? Leave a comment below.

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Comments & Feedback

  • Lisa

    Agree Barbara! Credit cards, money and food does not cause us to be powerless, it’s the choices we make with them that cause us to be powerful or powerless!

    My values change every week or month. This week I’ve been laser focused on health. Last month it was family and friends and trying to rebuild those relationships!

  • barbara huson

    Thanks so much for our response, Lisa. You’re spot on….power is an inside job. As for your values, I bet they don’t change month to month…just your priority and where you’re going to put your energy changes. Would you agree?

  • Lisa

    Barbara, your work is very sharp! You are indeed correct. My values don’t change; only what I have time to prioritize changes! I have very clearly defined emotional, spiritual, financial, educational, health, career, reading, creativity, travel, home, dance, leisure, and fashion goals/values/desires. I can’t focus on all of these all the time. I knock them out during different times of the year/month. Thank you, Lisa

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When a devastating financial crisis rocked her world, Barbara Huson knew she had to get smart about money… and she did. Now, she wants to empower every women to take charge of their money and take charge of their lives! She’s doing just that with her best-selling books, life changing retreats and private financial coaching.

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